Waltham Forest College students made a collective effort with Lee Valley Regional Park Rangers to do away with litter

A group of 8 students from Waltham Forest College volunteered in a litter pick activity to help clean up the local Waterways at Pymmes Brook.

As part of the Sports Study Programme at the College, the students had to partake in a hand on practical activity that would help raise environmental awareness and involved safety considerations.

The students made a molehill out of a mountain of rubbish & fly-tipping blighting the Pymmes Brook. They diverted 52 bags of plastic rubbish and a huge pile of junk from entering the waterways and the Thames Basin and ultimately the North Sea.

Sports lecturer, Jarl Allard, said: “Very rewarding experience for our sports students. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the students picked up loads of litter.”

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The students worked tirelessly to reduce the litter around the area, pulling out an old bed frame, chairs, a bike, a water tank, an oil drum, broken gardening implements, green house glass cladding, plastic hoarding & 52 bags of predominantly single-use food and drinks packaging off the Pymmes Brook bank.

Stonebridge Lock Coalition said: “It was a humbling experience working with such a focused, enthusiastic and motivated group of young people who love being outdoors and who are committed to making their community and wild spaces even better!

“Thank you to Lee Valley Park Rangers for supporting our litter pick and to Thames21 for insurance and lending us willies.

“Many thanks also to Tideway London for the fab donation of reusable coffee cups, and to Haringey Council & Veolia UK disposing of our haul.”

The students’ litter pick joint efforts with Lee Valley Regional Park Rangers amounted to a whopping 220 bags of rubbish, plus an equivalent mountain of large items removed from the banks of the Lea River Diversion, Lee Navigation as well as Pymmes Brook.

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